A family at Beeston Castle

Days Out for Under £20

Looking for a great visit that won't break the bank? From a Roman fort on Hadrian's Wall to an Iron Age Hillfort, here are our top picks for family days out on a budget.

A family at Housesteads Roman Fort

Housesteads Roman Fort, Hadrian's Wall

Northumberland, Family ticket £19.50 (2 adults and 3 children)

Set high on a dramatic escarpment on Hadrian's Wall, Housesteads Roman Fort takes you back to the Roman Empire. Wander the barrack blocks and the hospital, peer into the oldest toilets you'll ever see, and admire the stunning panoramic views from this ancient fortress. Kids will love our interactive museum which showcases objects once belonging to Roman soldiers.

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Family at Beeston Castle

Beeston Castle

Cheshire, Family ticket £18.50 (2 adults and 3 children)

Explorers of all ages will love a day out at Beeston Castle. With its woodland walks, Robin Hood cave, and lookout point at the top of a rocky summit, the castle is a fantastic destination for nature-lovers and adventurous children. Wildlife trails take you through the beautiful surrounding woodlands, where you can spot a host of birds and small mammals, and there's even the chance to hunt for the lost treasure of Richard II, believed to be buried somewhere in the castle grounds.

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Children playing at Goodrich Castle

Goodrich Castle

Herefordshire, Family ticket £19.80 (2 adults and 3 children)

From the keep's dramatic views over the Wye Valley to the Civil War cannon that can be found in the courtyard, Goodrich Castle is a quintessential medieval stronghold that visitors of all ages will enjoy exploring. An audio tour telling the history of the fortress is included in the ticket price, and the castle towers and dry moat offer kids a fantastic setting for battle adventures and games of hide and seek.

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Mother and daughter at Scarborough Castle

Scarborough Castle

North Yorkshire, Family ticket £16.90 (2 adults, 3 children)

With its stunning location and panoramic views over the dramatic Yorkshire coastline, come and see objects from Scarborough Castle's 3,000 years of history, play on the grassy headland, and enjoy tea in the Master Gunner's house.

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Internal view of Lullingstone Roman Villa

Lullingstone Roman Villa

Kent, Family ticket £19.80 (2 adults and 3 children)

Discover the fascinating story of Roman Britain, in any weather. See spectacular mosaics, a heated bath-suite and rare wall paintings, all brought to life in a film and light show. The interactive museum offers children plenty of hands-on activities including Roman board games, handling original building materials, and trying on Roman costumes.

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Kids on a day out at Old Sarum in Wiltshire

Old Sarum

Wiltshire, Family ticket £12.50 (2 adults and 3 children)

Climb the mighty ramparts of this Iron Age hillfort for views over the Wiltshire plains and imagine the once thriving town of Old Sarum. Stand in the footprint of Salisbury's original cathedral and conquer the royal castle which stood high on the motte. Unearth over 2,000 years of history and find out how the Romans, Normans and Saxons have all left their mark on this impressive landscape.

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A boy at Whitby Abbey

Whitby Abbey

North Yorkshire, Family ticket £20.50 (2 adults and 3 children)

The atmospheric ruins of Whitby Abbey offer one of the best value days out in Yorkshire, and are also home to one of our favourite visitor centres. Featuring remarkable archaeological finds, the museum is packed with computer-generated images and interactive displays, allowing you to question characters from Whitby's history. But beware, the abbey is well known for its ghostly goings on. Make sure to have your wits about you as you wander the eerie grounds.

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Did you know?

We also care for more than 250 free-to-enter historic sites, ranging from ancient stone circles to grand houses and halls. If you're planning a day out at one of the places listed above, find nearby free sites to visit and make even better value of your day.

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